Note: As of January 20, 2013, all our rentals are occupied.
RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY UPDATE
Tere and Therese began an experiment in community living in early 2006, inspired to share this sacred land and develop a sustainable model of communal living with shared common spaces and ‘small is beautiful’ private spaces (cabins and bedrooms). In addition to the log cabin and outbuildings previously built, we built the beautiful Round House and two nearby yurt-cabins (detached bedrooms) in 2007-08. In 2011 we completed a third structure near the Round House, the ‘Cedar Castle.’ Our “complex” here at Sacred Groves now includes two houses, several cabins and outbuildings that serve as shop, studios, offices, bedrooms. Over the past 6 years 30 adults and 12 children have moved in (and out) of Sacred Groves. It’s been a rich and wonderful experience, many sweet moments of living with an ‘extended family’ of sorts.
In late 2011 the tide turned and it seemed the spirits of Sacred Groves had another vision in mind for the land. All of the residents who had previously thought they would settle down here, moved away for a variety of unexpected reasons. Therese and Tere, weary after their big building push (7 new structures in 6 years) and experiment in communal living (42 residents in 6 years)…..decided to “follow the flow” and change course. Throughout 2012, the only other permanent residents on the land have been “renters” who rented the log cabin and nearby shop. The other structures have been used by family, friends, Bed’n'Breakfast guests and a few short-term residents. Our experiment in communal living has been in hiatus.
We aren’t sure when or if our original vision of intentional community will eventually manifest or whether something else will arise. We feel a sense of trust in the healing power and beauty of all that we have created here, knowing that these Sacred Groves have a life of their own. At this point we are happy to welcome the many guests who are drawn to the healing energy of this place and continue to welcome inquiries from people who are drawn to joining a residential community here, open to the mystery as it unfolds.
“To be satisfied with a little is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares. But a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.” Akhenaton
Living at Sacred Groves requires a commitment to downsizing and sharing. There are many good reasons to live more simply, occupy less space, have fewer material possessions. Many people have come to realize that money, big houses, and lots of stuff do not bring bring us fulfillment and meaning. Connection in community and to the natural world does. Here are several links to check out if you are interested in learning more about the many good reasons for living small and simply:
“Tumbleweed Houses” –examples of tiny charming houses, most of which are smaller than our cabins here at the Groves.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, familial status, or national origin.